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Pasadena police hold DUI awareness drive

Published On: 02-05-2018 in Category: Alcohol

Pasadena police hold DUI awareness initiative on Jan 26

Officers of the Pasadena Police Department (PPD) on Jan. 26, 2018, held a “Know Your Limit” program in the city’s entertainment district to spread awareness about driving under the influence (DUI) among patrons flocking clubs and bars in the area. Individuals were asked to guess their blood alcohol content (BAC) levels and questioned if they felt safe while driving a vehicle in those circumstances. Once the volunteers made their guesses, the officers asked them to blow into a breathalyzer to check their present BAC levels. The initiative was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Many Californians know that the legally permissible BAC limit for driving a motor vehicle in the state is less than 0.08 percent. However, most people hardly realize how much alcohol it takes to cross the permissible limits. “It’s surprising for most to actually witness how high their BAC levels are,” said Lieutenant Diego Torres of the PPD Traffic Section in a statement. First-time DUI offenders in the state may have to spend time in prison, along with other penalties such as fines, possibility of license suspension and DUI classes.

According to PPD officers, the “Know Your Limit” program wasn’t intended to frighten residents. Rather, it was more for creating awareness about this social menace and public health concern. Drivers in the city were encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP (DDVIP) free mobile app for iPhone as well as Android. The DDVIP app can be used to locate restaurants, bars and other eateries in the vicinity that offer free incentives for sober drivers. The incentives could range from free appetizers to non-alcoholic beverages. The innovative app even includes options for non-designated drivers to call Uber, Curb or Lyft and social media tie-ins.

Alcohol is an addictive substance

Alcohol is entwined in Americans’ lives. It is found everywhere, right from the shelves in friendly neighborhood stores to the commercials published across media. Even the consequences of irresponsible drinking can be observed everywhere with DUI topping the list. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car crashes involving drunk driving kill 28 Americans every day, resulting in an annual loss of over $44 billion.

In fact, excessive alcohol use is one of the leading causes of preventable death that apparently kills many people in the prime of their lives. Alcohol can impact one’s driving by causing the following disabilities:

  • Distorted vision and hearing
  • Reduced perception and coordination
  • Reduced concentration and psychomotor skills
  • Drowsiness, which may cause a driver to fall asleep behind the wheel
  • Divided attention, which leads to failure in obeying traffic rules

Leading a drug-free life

Addiction to any substance is dangerous and requires immediate medical intervention. If you or your loved one is battling addiction to alcohol or any other drug, seek treatment immediately. The Pasadena Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 626-788-9844 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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